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Tessa Burns donates blood at an American Red Cross event in Columbia Falls, MT, January 11, 2022.
Aaron Bolton
Montana Public Radio
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to shortages of everything from toilet paper to cars. Now the American Red Cross and Montana hospitals say they are experiencing a major shortage of blood donations.
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This week, Lauren speaks with Nathaniel Ian Miller, author of The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven, the fictional story of Sven Ormson, a restless industrial worker who, in 1916, seeks adventure in a mining camp between mainland Norway and the North Pole.
  • Leafcutter bee pollinating a flower.
    Glenn Marangelo
    Instead of collecting pollen in “baskets” located on their hind legs like honey bees and bumblebees, leafcutters are a unique family of bees that really dive into their work.
  • Dustin Lind
    A New Angle
    This week’s guest is Dustin Lind, Director of Hitting and the Assistant Hitting Coach for the San Francisco Giants. Dustin is a graduate of UM’s School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and we’re grateful to chat with him in the off season during a visit to his home state of Montana.
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People and cars line up outside of Boston Medical Center near the emergency room where COVID-19 testing was taking place during the Omicron surge in Boston on Jan. 3, 2022.
Stan Grossfeld/Boston Globe via Getty Images
Omicron may cause milder disease, but the sheer number of patients makes this wave far worse for the health care system. With packed emergency rooms, patients can wait days to get moved to a bed.
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